Nature is a never-ending source of creativity, inspiring a timeless trend that is constantly evolving. Interior design and decor are forever seeking new formulae for reinterpreting designs based on natural materials that are suited to spaces of all kinds and styles. Ceramic is very much a part of this practice. The manufacturing processes and quality materials used mean that they can be made in a multitude of geometric shapes and to replicate endless types of stone and wood. They are also being made in a greater range of combinations of materials, delivering stunning results.
At recent decor and ceramic trade fairs it has been evident that ceramic wood is still a major line for manufacturers, who are also developing new shapes that offer additional creative potential. Combining different materials opens the door to new effects that can be amazingly rich in color. The mix of cement and wood and impossible insertions of marble open the way to very fine aesthetic outcomes.
Ceramic reinterpretations of materials found in nature make it possible for designers to achieve high levels of originality through an infinite number of different formats, colors and installation patterns.
Why is Ceramic Wood a Great Idea?
Ceramic requires hardly any maintenance, is extremely easy to clean, resistant to damp and odors, fire resistant, safe and does not change with the passage of time.
Thanks to its strength and durability, ceramic wood is a fantastic solution to enjoy the charm of wood and be able to use it in wet areas, for example: bathrooms and kitchens and high transit areas like entrances and foyers where parquet could get damaged. The new anti-slip finishes also make ceramic wood suitable for outdoor use: terraces, patios, and swimming pool decks.
Suited to all styles
Ceramic tile manufacturers catalogs offer an extensive variety of ceramic wood of different types in an infinite range of styles and formats. From designs that display a distinct Nordic influence with light-colored woods, to vintage-look and distressed wood, industrial styles, burnt wood, sophisticated marquetry effect flooring, exotic wood and even colored wood.
Ceramic wood allows you to achieve a greater sense of continuity in your home by using the same ceramic parquet throughout, even in wet areas and those that need more cleaning and stain resistance such as the kitchen.As to formats, these range from mosaic-sized pieces to large format strips that can even be used as worktops or in furniture. Between these two extremes lies a whole world of sizes and formats: slats, hexagons, rhombuses, squares, rectangles and more.
This story was originally published in Ceraspaña 44, a journal published by ASCER/Tile of Spain to promote the use and benefits of Spanish ceramic tiles in contemporary architecture and interior design. Read the article and view past issues HERE.